The 2008 NBA Draft is fast approaching and every fan is wondering what's in store for 'their' team for years to come. And I'm one of them.
I like the Milwaukee Bucks no matter how they do (and it's been tough to cheer for them as of late). So I'm a little curious as to what they could possibly do with the No. 8 pick.
Finally with an experienced coach and a new GM, this team is ready to change for the good after a season in which the team won only 26 games. That was the worst output for the franchise since the '95-'96 season.
This year No. 1 and 2 are obvious again, but the order is a question, again. I see Chicago native Derrick Rose going to the Bulls and Beasley soaking up the sun in Miami to help D-Wade and The Matrix.
Picks three to seven are big question marks; I've seen various players hovering around these spots with the majority being Bayless, Mayo, B. Lopez, Gordon, Love and Gallinari. And that leaves the Bucks at No. 8.
The 'experts' have picks ranging from Danilo Gallinari, Kevin Love, Anthony Randolph or Darrell Arthur.
Let's start with what the Bucks need the most, which is A LOT of help. They need a consistent No. 2 scorer behind Michael Redd, provided GM John Hammond doesn't package him with something in a trade.
I think they should send Mo Williams packing seeing as how Ramon Sessions really stepped up in the last month of the '07-'08 season.
Andrew Bogut got out of the shadow last year and played to his No. 1 overall potential like all Milwaukee had hoped. He needs a big body at the PF position to help down low next year.
Desmond Mason and Bobby Simmons add up to make one solid player, and I think the Bucks should eat Simmons' remaining contract and ship him away too. Dez was 'thrown away' once already by the "snake in the grass" Larry Harris and needs to stay because of the pure energy he brings every night.
The Bucks can't fall into the 'rebuilding' mode, but they do need to do some spring cleaning and definitely change some faces in the locker room.
The main focus THIS year needs to be defense, defense, defense, unlike last year when the Bucks took Yi at No. 6 instead of defense-minded Corey Brewer. With Hammond, who was Joe Dumars' No. 2 man in defense-first Detroit, I see the Bucks drafting someone who actually knows how to play that tactic most coaches call defense.
I can't make a definite prediction about who Milwaukee is going to take because I'm sure there will be someone three to seven who shakes things up and goes off the beaten path early. So who's at No. 8?
Kevin Love is big and can score, and might be the best bet for Milwaukee. Anthony Randolph, a 6'10" freshman from LSU looks like a good possibility as well.
The Bucks can also take DeAndre Jordan, a 7'0" freshman from Texas A&M to give the Bucks two seven-footers. Then they can move Bogut to PF so he can show off his jump shot that he had at Utah. Maybe 6'8" junior Joe Alexander from West Virginia is the answer.
They also have the No. 37 pick in which I'd like to see Madison, Wisconsin born and bred Michael Flowers taken. That is provided no one snatches him up late in the first round. Now there's a guy who plays defense.
The good news is that the Bucks will have plenty to choose from this year in hopes of returning to the top half of the Eastern Conference.